[Rd] Package overview document?

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu, 10 May 2001 17:47:27 +0100 (GMT Daylight Time)

On Thu, 10 May 2001, Paul Gilbert wrote:

> Brian
> >Note, things have changed since 2000 and functions.html is no longer built
> >(as from the next release).  So name clashes are less unimportant, and the
> >only place these names matter are in your own package unless you want
> >?00General.Description.dse1
> >to work.  (I really don't like the long name: what's wrong with
> >00Description or even 00Intro, the latter being the Unix man-pages
> >convention?)
> 00Intro would be fine with me, but should that have the package name appended or not?
> If not, what will happen to name clashes within a bundle?
> When you say functions.html will not be built, does that mean there won't be an
> overall index? That is the feature of the help system that I use the most.

Yes, that has been the decision.  It's too hard to maintain: there is a
list of packages and a search facility (for all loaded packages, or
all packages in all currently specified libraries).

Note that the functions.html only worked on one platform (Unix) and
one browser (Netscape).  (Slight exaggeration.)

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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